Environment and Climate Change

Humans may have transformed the Sahara from lush paradise to barren desert

Sahara - The Con-ion

Once upon a time, the Sahara was green. David K Wright The Conversation There were vast lakes. Hippos and giraffe… Humans may have transformed… Read More »

Planet’s dwindling water resources poses an existential threat

Planet - Irish examiner

The depletion of the Earth’s water resources continues apace, but we can take decisions and actions as governments, societies and individuals to address that, writes Yasmin Siddiqi. Irish Examiner WE live on a parched planet. Farmers till arid… Planet’s dwindling water… Read More »

Together, Globalists and Localists Can Save the Environment

Environment - The NI

The Trump administration should embrace strategies for jointly tackling local air quality and global climate change. Deborah Gordon and Robert Murphy The National Interest With nearly two hundred national and territorial signatories, the historic agreement in Paris underscores the powerful push to promote global action on climate change. From the largest… Together, Globalists and… Read More »

Europe hopes to sway, not provoke, Trump on climate

Trump - Politico

Angela Merkel’s visit this week will test whether U.S. allies can persuade the president not to blow up their efforts on global warming. Sara Stefanini and Andrew Restuccia Politico WASHINGTON — European diplomats are carefully crafting a strategy for dealing with Donald Trump on climate change, fearful of provoking a backlash from the mercurial president if they push too hard for U.S. cooperation. Germany, France, Italy… Europe hopes to… Read More »

Cleaning up the oceans is no solution to our plastic problem

Plastic - Euractiv

Plastics have brought huge benefits to our society. Dustin Benton Euractiv But with those benefits come environmental problems. Too often, plastic… Cleaning up the… Read More »

Democracy needs more trees and less Trump

Democracy - The Conversation

For almost all of its more than 2,500-year history, democracy has been thought of as an attribute of purely human societies. John Dryzek The Conversation For most of that history democracy was generally reviled and excoriated; only in the late 20th century did it come to be widely celebrated, and indeed widely practised. But now democracy… Democracy needs more… Read More »

Gender equality: A game changer for nature

Women - Al Jazeer

As increasing numbers of women are empowered through conservation projects that mainstream gender equality. Aban Marker Kabraji Al Jazeera News In Fiyoaree, the Maldives, Leena wakes up every day just a little before sunrise for her morning prayer. She prepares breakfast… Gender equality: A… Read More »

Volcanoes could erupt much more, thanks to climate change

Volcano - BBC

On the face of it, climate change and volcanic eruptions are completely unrelated. Vivien Cumming, Dan John and Adam Proctor BBC News But in fact our warming world could trigger extra volcanic eruptions   In the frozen… Volcanoes could erupt… Read More »

Is there a way to tackle air pollution?

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The search for solutions to the threat of polluted air is generating ideas that range from the modest to the radical to the… David Shukman BBC A London primary school may issue face-masks to its pupils. The council in Cornwall may take the extreme step of moving people out of houses beside the… Four major citie… Is there a… Read More »

To improve our political climate, change the questions we ask

Eurek Alert

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Our fractured political climate in the United States might be made worse by how we approach difficult problems, researchers say in the journal Science. Ohio State University Eurek Alert A team of political scientists suggests rather than asking citizens “What do you want,” questions should be asked in a deliberative frame: “What should we do?” “Even this small… To improve our… Read More »

Breakdown of China’s plan to tackle pollution

Pollution - Asia Times

Steel and aluminum producers in 28 cities are told to slash output in winter and government begins moves to ban truck transport for coal Reuters Asia Times China has ordered steel and aluminum producers in 28 cities to slash output during winter and required coal transport by rail instead of truck in Tianjin and Hebei province, in Beijing’s latest effort to crack down on pollution. A 26-page document… Breakdown of China’s… Read More »

As global food demand rises, climate change is hitting our staple crops

Climate change - ABC

While increases in population and wealth will lift global demand for food by up to 70 per cent by 2050, agriculture is already feeling the effects of climate change. Andrew Borrell ABC This is expected to continue in coming decades. Scientists and farmers… As global food… Read More »

Protein Challenge 2040: How can we feed 9 billion people?

Food - CNN

(CNN) – How can we feed nine billion people enough protein in a way which is affordable, healthy and good for the environment? Mark Driscoll CNN That’s a tough question and the answers are not simple, but a unique coalition of businesses, academics, civil society organizations and government bodies have come together to try to find them through the Protein Challenge 2040… Protein Challenge 2040… Read More »

The Economy Is The Real Endangered Species

Economy - The DC

In just eight years, the Obama Administration issued some 22,700 new regulations – many between election day and President Trump’s inauguration. Paul Driessen The Daily Caller Among those last-minute rules was the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s January 11 designation of the Rusty Patched Bumblebee (RPB) as “endangered,” under the 1973 Endangered Species Act (ESA). With Congress poised… The Economy Is… Read More »

Time For A Balanced Approach To The “Climate Change” Hype

Climate - The DC

Democrats, the self-proclaimed “party for the middle class,” raise the middle-class cost of living by raising energy prices with their regulatory meddling. Ron Hart The Daily Caller Regulations cost consumers $1.8 trillion per year, which means higher bills for utilities, gas and transportation for the average person. Another example of… Time For A… Read More »

With Climate Change, California Is Likely To See More Extreme Flooding

Climate change - NPR

Californians are in shock that after five years of too little water, the problem now is too much. npr All eyes in California have been on Oroville Dam, where a broken spillway forced major evacuations. But the damage… With Climate Change… Read More »